Update: jump down for photos of the Hamilton Flea Part 2: November 14 at 45 Wellington Street North (at King William).
There was a constant flow of people eagerly entering the historic Treble Hall at King and John through the “Secret Door” on Saturday for the first ever Hamilton Flea. A trip up some stairs led to a showcase of records, vintage clothes, housewares, plants, and treats as we were greeted by tunes from Young Lions Music Club.
The event was organized by Whitney McMeekin (Girl on the Wing) and sister Erika McMeekin (Academy of All Things Awesome). They chose the most perfect venue in Hamilton’s historic Treble Hall, a stunning building that dates back to 1879 and has been vacant for 50 years. It is currently undergoing renovations by Jeff Feswick, owner of Historia Building Restoration.
“The Flea started when we were given the opportunity to use Jeff Feswick’s (Historia Restorations) beautiful building, Treble Hall. From there we brainstormed what to do with it and came up with the idea of the Flea, a combination of curated vendors, a chance for the people to see inside this legendary building and all around good times,” said Whitney.
Over 20 vendors selling their eclectic wares were spread over two floors in separate “rooms,” divided by framing. Hamilton faves included the cute but kickass art by Sugarbones, pretty clothing from White Elephant, neighbourhood-inspired prints by Jelly Bros., sweet food vendors like Sweet Ice Snow Cones and Donut Monster, and of course, Girl on the Wing.
“We were thrilled with the attendance and it definitely exceeded our expectations. Hamilton is such a supportive community and the fact that so many people found out about it, many through the city’s amazing online social network, really made it a success,” said Whitney.
“For the future we would like to focus on expanding this idea of infusing old/unused/historical buildings or landmarks with the creative culture that Hamilton is becoming known for. We were given lots of positive feedback from the attendees (the heat was the only downside!) so we understand there’s a desire for more events like this and we can’t wait to see where it goes from here!”
Hamilton Flea Part 2
So Hamilton Flea part 2 was another success! This time at the northwest corner of King William and Wellington, another stunning building! Bikes were the encouraged method of transportation, with the hashtag #SoBi2Flea giving way to 10% Sobi Bike memberships.
Stay tuned on Instagram and Twitter for more info on upcoming events: @hamiltonflea